Dozens of Warriors greats were at Oracle Arena on Monday night, and there were none greater than Hall-of-Famer Chris Mullin.The Golden State Warriors retired Mullins No. 17 jersey, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to have his number hanging from the rafters. The others are Tom Meschery, Wilt Chamberlain, Alvin Attles, Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond.Although we never achieved the ultimate of winning a championship, I wouldnt trade in the people in this room that I was blessed to be around, said Mullin before the festivities.Who was in that room? People such as former teammates Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, Sarunas Marciulionis, Tom Tolbert, Rod Higgins and Jim Peterson. Also there was former coach Don Nelson, former coach and general manager Garry St. Jean, former athletic trainer Tom Abdenour, former strength and conditioning coach Mark Grabow and long-time equipment manager Eric Housen.My emotions are my memories at this point in my life, Mullin said. After playing for so many years you say it while youre playing: that its all about the people and when its all said and done it truly is.I remember some good nights and some tough nights, but the people who influenced me along the way is what lasts forever and the memories of those people.All the Warriors players wore a Chris Mullin shooting jersey before the game, and even head coach Mark Jackson greeted the media for his pregame availability wearing one.Mullin received video tributes from Magic Johson and Larry Bird, who were teammates of Mullins on the Dream Team.The halftime festivities were hosted by former Warriors play-by-play man Greg Papa with Attles, Hardaway, Richmond and Higgins each speaking glowingly of Mullin.I came here an apprehensive young man, Mullin said. I grew up right here in front of you. The Warriors fans were a huge part of my success and Im proud and happy to call the Bay Area home.Despite boos from the crowd for owner Joe Lacob, the ceremony went on and in the end Mullins daughter, Kiera, unveiled the jersey from the rafters.
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.
History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?
DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.
ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.